“At Bethel Woods, they had 470 arrests,” Covert said. “The biggest problem was trespassing because they were sleeping everywhere. That’s why we need to focus where they go.”
Katz, who had said previously that fans would be allowed to park overnight, emphasized that camping was not on the agenda.
“I think that was taken out of context a little bit,” Covert agreed. “We’re not going to let people camp outside or sleep in tents or anything. If people wanted to sleep in their cars overnight (at the Blue Lot) after the concert, then that would be okay.”
The concert has not been without controversy.
The village got a letter from lawyers representing Cooperstown Central School, Green and Green Attorneys at Law, that expressed concern for school property adjacent to the Blue Lot.
The letter, which was dated June 12, asked that the village add the school district to its insurance, inform school officials about security plans and agree to take responsibility for clean-up and possible damages.
Although no action has been taken in terms of insurance, Katz said that he has assured the school officials that the village is going to take responsibility for protecting local properties, including CCS.
“We’re going to have extra patrols. We’re going to enforce the laws. We’re going to do everything we can to protect their property,” Katz said.
The village also received a letter from Lucia Colone, an Elm Street resident whose property borders Doubleday Field.
Colone expressed concerns about “traffic, blocked driveways and buses left running that spew diesel fuel into homes, and people milling about on the street near the back entrance,” issues she said were in evidence at past concerts on the field.
“I take great pride in my home and work hard to preserve it,” Colone’s letter concludes. “I expect that those elected officials for this village make the residents a top priority in the decisions made that impact them.”